Our students will live and work  in data-rich environments. This necessitates a change in how we educate our students. Critical to their ability to navigate this environment is early exposure to authentic and large data sets. Students should explore data and develop their own questions. An excellent resource is Gapminder (http://www.gapminder.org/), which allows students to download data sets into Excel. Examples where I have used this can be found in the Oakwood University workshop (http://bioquest.org/oakwood2008/?page_id=374)  where a worksheet on “Cancer Global View” gives an introduction to Gapminder and provides some in-class activities.

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